Keren Cytter

Born (1977) in Israel. She lives in Berlin. She studied at the Avni Institute, Tel-Aviv (1997-1999) and at de Ateliers, Amsterdam (2002-2004). Keren Cytter is best known for her experimental video works that illuminate the interpersonal and the private, works that are often based on templates of literary or cinematic classics, simultaneously reflecting the influence of the media. Recent solo exhibitions (selection): Keren Cytter-Avalanche, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, 2011); Fear, Fun and Fire, Deutsche Bank Towers (Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2011); The hottest day of the year, Kunstverien München (Munich, Germany, 2011); Avalanche, The David Roberts Art Foundation (London, 2011); Avalanche, Pilar Corrias (London, 2011); Konstruktion, Galerie Christian Nagel (Berlin, 2010); Moderna Museet (Stockholm, 2010).

 

In my video, Family, several levels of dialog blend, confusing gender roles; and voices have been deliberately cross-wired. A young man mimes the role of a mother, the one-year old toddler is played by a 20-something-year-old man, the father is played by a young woman and the other family members are played by the artist’s friends, who are all her own age. The dialogs consist of a sequence of irrational insults and threats, mixed with wishes and praise. What makes this family conversation so bizarre is the clear absence of any “normal” conversation, replaced here by dark and hidden thoughts.

 

Keren Cytter

Photos

Family 2003 Digital video 6’ 30’’Courtesy Schau Ort, Zurich; Pilar Corrias, London; Christian Nagel, Berlin
Family 2003 Digital video 6’ 30’’Courtesy Schau Ort, Zurich; Pilar Corrias, London; Christian Nagel, Berlin
Family 2003 Digital video 6’ 30’’Courtesy Schau Ort, Zurich; Pilar Corrias, London; Christian Nagel, Berlin
Family 2003 Digital video 6’ 30’’,Courtesy Schau Ort, Zurich; Pilar Corrias, London; Christian Nagel, Berlin

Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 Biennale de Lyon